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Disaster Zone Podcast: Idaho Office of Emergency Management

How one state is organized and functions.

All 50 states have emergency management offices. Each one functions a bit differently from all the rest. In this Disaster Zone Podcast: Idaho Office of Emergency Management we learn from Brad Richy the Director there about his state, the risks and how they are organized. By my personal observation, they have excellent executive support from Idaho's Governor Brad Little.

Here's the podcast description:

Each state emergency management agency has many commonalities and also differences. In this podcast, Brad Richy the Director of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management is interviewed. As the Director, he is responsible for Idaho’s emergency preparedness and response planning in support of the Idaho Homeland Security and Emergency Management Strategies. He serves as the Homeland Security Advisor and principal Emergency Management Advisor to the Governor and The Adjutant General. As the Governor’s Authorized Representative Brad acts as the single point of contact for all federal, regional, and state emergency management activities. Brad also serves as the State Administrative Agent overseeing implementation and compliance of all eligible Department of Homeland Security sponsored grants.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.